April 22, 2018
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Brush fire on Sunday burns an acre and a half in Topsham

By Darcie Moore, Times Record

TOPSHAM, Maine — The Maine Forest Service is probing the cause of a woods fire that burned about an acre and a half Sunday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 2:55 p.m. in a wooded area of the Harry C. Crooker & Sons pit along Route 196, Topsham Fire Department Capt. Greg Payson said Monday. The wind was pushing the fire so Payson called for mutual aid from the Brunswick and Lisbon fire departments.

Crews had the fire under control within approximately a half-hour and all units cleared the scene by 4:43 p.m. West Bath covered Topsham’s station.

Sunday was an elevated Class 3 fire day, Payson said. No burning permits were issued. With a weather forecast for dry weather all week, authorities are warning of any open burning.

Class 3 indicated “high” fire danger on a scale of 1 to 5, while Class 5 is “extreme” danger.

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